Deep Learning: A Silver Bullet?

March 2nd, 2018 | Posted by Alexa Magdalenski in Titans - (Comments Off)

On Jan. 31, more than 400 members of the region’s technology community gathered to discuss the promises and pitfalls of deep learning at NVTC’s Titans event featuring Intel’s Chief Data Scientist, Public Sector, Americas Melvin Greer and Deep Learning Analytics’ Managing Partner and Data Scientist Dr. John KaufholdDr. Ravi Pappu, Chief Architect of In-Q-Tel, moderated.

Kicking off the event, Dr. Pappu shared the history of deep learning and described how it is becoming more accessible for businesses of all types. He highlighted enablers of deep learning, such as algorithms, data, hardware and talent, as well as pitfalls such as errors, bias and transparency.

Kaufhold and Greer emphasized how deep learning is enabling businesses across every sector to solve important problems more efficiently and more cost-effectively. Greer highlighted the importance of marrying the right algorithms, data and hardware to the problem a business is trying to solve. Kaufhold expressed his belief that, if you have the data, AI and deep learning can be applied to almost any problem to make the process cheaper or faster. The panel also highlighted some of the latest advancements being driven by deep learning, including personalized medicine, cyber intelligence, autonomous vehicles and speech recognition.

The panelists pinpointed some of the impediments that exist today in harnessing the full power of deep learning. Kaufhold expressed his belief that talent and data are the critical gatekeepers for successful applications. Greer agreed that having clean data that is appropriately labeled is crucial and can be the heavy lifting in any deep learning effort. Greer also noted the legal, ethical and societal challenges of deep learning. Both called attention to the widening data science talent gap, the slow adoption of advanced data science curriculum in higher education and how this is posing significant challenges to deep learning advancements and adoption.

Check out video highlights from the event!

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1704 Titans Larry Prior 435a (2)On April 7, over 400 members of the region’s technology community came together at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner for an NVTC Titans breakfast featuring Larry Prior, president and CEO of CSRA, a leading provider of next-generation IT solutions and professional services for U.S. government agencies and programs.

Prior highlighted the “fundamental refresh” occurring in tech today, being driven by demand for the cloud and processing capabilities at the edge. This next-gen IT revolution isn’t just happening in the commercial sector; government clients are also expecting automated workflow and agile network systems that function like the apps on their personal devices.

Prior also discussed  last year’s merger between CSC and SRA to form CSRA. He shared how the merger has allowed CSRA to scale its business to meet the government’s IT needs. Through increased financial investments in R&D, leveraging a newly-expanded talent pool and bolstering partnerships, CSRA has been able to scale its business. Prior also noted how consolidations and mergers are becoming a more common trend in the tech industry.

Scaling is happening at a regional level in Greater Washington, too, according to Prior. The region’s strengths in partnership-building, collaboration, commitment to mission and passion for customers gives organizations here a strong foundation and competitive advantage, particularly with government customers. Prior noted that Greater Washington is a “model for tomorrow” in improving technology and impacting change on a national level.

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New TITANS logo RGB TransparentWeren’t able to make it to our Titans event in December with Rolls-Royce North America President and CEO Marion Blakey? We’ve got video recaps for you below!

In the videos you’ll hear about Blakey’s predictions for the upcoming presidential transition, get updates from Rolls-Royce North America’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel Thomas Dale on Rolls-Royce North America’s latest work in personal aircraft, hybrid electric powered planes, autonomous aircraft and how Rolls-Royce North America is collaborating with Microsoft to leverage the use of big data and the Internet of Things to reduce costs, improve performance and provide better value.

Marion Blakey, President and CEO, Rolls-Royce North America:

Thomas Dale, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Rolls-Royce North America:

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